District Employee Wins Prestigious Teaching Award

  • Brenda Bates holding award plaque

Congratulations to Brenda Bates, a Special Education Coach, for winning the Randy Schelble Award! The Randy Schelble Award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in special education and mathematics. Teachers eligible for this award have exhibited outstanding work in special education and mathematics, an ability to ensure that all students learn at high levels, and a willingness to work closely with mathematics education teachers in the state of Utah. 

Brenda Bates has been an influential leader in special education and mathematics education in the Salt Lake City School District for many years. After having taught in a variety of special education settings Brenda pioneered as an instructional coach for special education teachers under the leadership of Randy Schelble. During her years as an instructional coach Brenda has been an agent of change in supporting special education teachers in academic units with implementing grade level standards while having high expectations for each and every student. Brenda facilitates Professional Learning Communities for resource teachers and works hard to increase collaboration among special education and general education teachers. She works alongside mathematics coaches participating in and facilitating district-wide professional development and developing instructional resources for teacher and student use. Brenda is passionate about engaging students in productive struggle and encouraging students to use and connect multiple representations along with mathematical discourse. She is well-deserving of this award as she has exhibited outstanding work in special education and mathematics, an ability to ensure that all students learn at high levels, and a willingness to work closely with mathematics education teachers in the state of Utah.

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